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Zucchini Dal Fry

Prep Time: 20 mins I Cooking Time: 30-40 mins I Serving: 3-4



Ingredients for boiling dal :-


1 cup/200 g Chana Dal/Split Bengal Gram (washed)

1 small-size/ 100g Zucchini (peeled, washed & cut into 1 inch cubes/pieces)

2 cups/450 ml Water

1 tsp Turmeric Powder

1 tsp Salt


Ingredients for Tadka /Tempering :-


4 tbsp / 60ml Desi Ghee/Clarified Butter

7-8 Garlic Cloves (finely chopped)

1 inch Ginger (finely chopped)

3 Onion, medium sized (finely chopped)

2 Tomatoes, medium sized (finely chopped)

1-2 Green Chilli (halved, slit lengthwise) (u may avoid if cooking for kids)

1.5 tsp Red Chilli Powder (adjust to taste)

1 tsp Garam Masala Powder

2 tbsp Fresh Coriander, finely chopped


Method :-


Peel off the zucchini skin , wash it well and cut into 1 inch cubes. To the large bowl add chopped zucchini and wash well with water at least 2-3 times


Take another bowl and add chana dal/bengal gram to the bowl and wash well with water at least 2-3 times


To the pressure cooker, add washed dal + water + salt + turmeric powder & chopped zucchini. Mix well and pressure cook for 4-5 whistles on low-medium flame and switch off the gas

Allow the pressure to release naturally. Open the pressure cooker, check the cooked dal and set aside

Heat the ghee/clarified butter in a deep pan/kadai, add chopped garlic + ginger to the pan and sauté for 3-4 mins on low-medium flame


Next add chopped onions to the pan and sauté for 5-7 mins on low-medium flame and keep stirring until onion colour changes to light golden brown

Next, add chopped tomatoes to the pan/kadai and sauté for 4-5 mins on low-medium flame until tomatoes gets soft and mushy


Add green chillies + red chilli powder + garam masala powder to the pan. Mix well

and stir for 1-2 mins


Adjust the salt level to your taste


To the pan add the boiled dal along with its water. Mix well and let it come to a boil. Once it starts boiling, cover and let it simmer for 8-10 minutes on low-medium heat until slightly thickens. Garnish with chopped coriander and turn off the flame


Time to taste:)


Serve hot with Chapati, steamed rice ,achar & papad

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